Imelda can’t invoke old age to resist arrest, says Villarin
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos cannot invoke her old age or any humanitarian reasons to resist an impending arrest following her graft conviction, Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin said.
In a statement, Villarin said Mrs. Marcos should be brought to jail immediately following the guilty verdict rendered by the anti-graft court’s fifth division against her after using her previous cabinet position to maintain foreign bank deposits to Switzerland.
The Ilocos Norte solon was sentenced to prison between six years and one month to 11 years for each of the seven counts of graft although she was acquitted in three other cases.
“The 89-year old Marcos can’t invoke age nor humanitarian grounds for her not to serve the sentence. She should be arrested and photos of her being brought to justice made public,” said Villarin.
Villarin said the conviction of Marcos was a clear and unequivocal proof that “she deserve history’s judgment of a conjugal dictatorship that plunged our country in darkness more than three decades ago.”
“This historic decision rejects the Marcos’ own narrative of historical revisionism that they brought about the golden years in our country’s history,” he said.